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Unraveling the Microbial Mysteries of Sargassum Seaweed – Doctoral student at BIOS investigates how algae survives in low-nutrient environments

Pictured above: Dani Cox, a doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara, looks at a sample of Sargassum, a brown, marine macroalgae. Cox is investigating how the seaweed is able to grow and reproduce so successfully in the nutrient-poor waters of the Sargasso Sea.   Many oceanographers consider the Sargasso Sea to be an “ocean desert,” as high salinity and calm prevailing winds—resulting in lower nutrient supplies—make it a rather hostile place for life compared to other marine environments. For resea...

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A Marriage of Science and Art: How BIOS scientists team with artists to convey research findings and help interpret the marine world

As scientists work to answer progressively complex questions about the earth and its changing climate, they are becoming more aware of the importance of communicating their findings to the public. To improve the likelihood that their messages ar...

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A “Pivotal” Experience at BIOS Leads to a Science Career: Bermuda Program alum shares her path to community science education and outreach

In 1988, at the age of 20, Maia Patterson McGuire took a break from her usual summer job of working at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo (BAMZ) to accept an internship with BIOS’s Bermuda Program, a move that would change her career trajec...

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Kids these Days: A Toast to Moms Everywhere, Even in the Ocean

Pictured above: BIOS coral reef ecologist Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley conducts research on one of Bermuda's mesophotic reefs, found at depths from 100 feet (30 meters) to over 490 feet (149 meters)   A recent study sheds light on how ...

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A New Vehicle Tests Bermuda’s Waters: Clio, an autonomous robot, is designed for speed and efficiency when sampling far below the ocean surface

BIOS oceanographer Rod Johnson is the chief scientist on board a cruise this month offshore Bermuda using a new underwater vehicle designed to reduce costs and improve science efficiency at sea, while gathering samples for biological and chemica...

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Building Shelter and Security

At a time when income inequality, joblessness and an aging population are making it increasingly difficult for local families and the elderly to maintain safe and healthy home environments, the third sector’s role in assisting the island’s l...